Do we still need skirting boards?

The floor of a house is a vital part of the building's interior beauty. With the emerging technologies that have revolutionized the construction industry, many are of the opinion that skirting boards are no longer relevant. Other home owners argue that we cannot do without them.

Their functions

- They provide the opportunity to express oneself in terms of design.

- They give a neat finish to wet plastered walls.

- They protect the wall from unnecessary wear and tear caused by human activity.

- It makes cleaning easier as there are no crevices where dirt can hide.

- It holds carpets and other floor finishes such as vinyl in place and therefore prevents accidents caused by tripping on their edges.

Types available

Older skirting boards that were used in earlier constructions were large and sometimes overbearing. Modern options provide more aesthetically pleasant options.

- MDF. It is affordable to install and easy to maintain because it does not swell. It is not easy to customize because you can only paint it.

- Softwood. It is great for renovations because it can be stained to get the desired look. It can also be cut as tall as you want to suit homes with long walls.

- Hardwood. This choice is low maintenance but it costs more to purchase and to install. You can buy it already stained or have it stained as you please

Other choices used for skirting are tiles, PVC and natural stone.

Should you use skirting boards?

This decision comes down to personal preference. Skirting boards may look attractive to one person, but old fashioned to another. The main thing to factor in is if the functions are more important than the aesthetic value.

Also consider that modern skirting boards have an allowance that can hide cables and wires. This means that all your wiring is kept hidden while it is while still easy to repair or access.